New External Hard Drive -- Cannot format or partition AT ALL
Hang with me friends, it's a long post.
I have an unexpected problem: I just bought a new FreeAgent Go 320 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive. It's intended usage was to take it, wipe it, and put a fresh install of Linux on it. (My system supports 2.0 and USB boot with BIOS configuration)
Everything went well until I put Gparted in to get everything partitioned. When I went to my external drive to get working, I noticed a keys symbol next to the ntfs identifier. I couldn't do anything, not delete, format...nothing. Their options were faded out.With some troubleshooting, I decided to enter the installer and manually specify the partition there. I couldn't divide the Drive to include a linux-swap partition.
But in WinXP, the drive was not encrypted, or locked, and drag-and-drop functionality was in full effect. I copied-and-pasted the programs it came with (which let me encrypt things as an option if I needed too) into My Documents just in case problems arose.
I am afraid of just forcing the installer to install the OS. And another worry is it came up with a message that re-affirmed my inability to create a linux-swap partition.
1. I looked up online somewhere that a linux-swap partition is the equivalent to the paging file in Windows, which basically sets apart a space in the hard disc to act as RAM. By default, my pre-installed WinXP was configured to have a paging file three times bigger than normal. This is because my netbook only has 1 GB RAM. If linux-swap does in fact perform like a paging file, I really do want it.
2. The "lock." Why is it there? How do I remove it?
3. If I force the installer to install, will it work? Will my external drive not be corrupted?
4. If I wipe the drive with a more powerful utility or command, would/could it work?
Notes: GParted shows 71.xx MB are already taken up on the drive. Is that the firmware not allowing me to partition it?
Notes: I have used Linux before. Not a newbie, but sure as heck not advanced by any stretch of the imagination.
Notes: Computer - Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook. _ 16 GHz Intel Atom processor. 1 GB RAM. 160 GB Internal Sata HDD.
Notes: Drive came with software including; backup program(s) and optional single-file encryption.
Again, sorry for the long post and thanks for your precious time. It's my birthday tomorrow - and I really wanted to have Linux on it by then so i could start playing with it. Help is really APPRECIATED. I can not stress how helpful you guys have been to me in the past.